2015 Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival Wrap Up

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As Halloween officially finds itself in our rearview mirror, I figured I’d revisit one of my favorite festivals to attend each year, which is the Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival.  Celebrating its ten year, the horror festival has become a staple event (especially for me, see Tweet) at AFI Silver-in recent years-during the month of October. Continue reading “2015 Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival Wrap Up”

2014 Spooky Movie International Film Fest EXCLUSIVE: Director Mike Cramer Talks TEENAGE GHOST PUNK

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Closing up the 2014 Spooky Movie Film Fest, I gave another unexpected gem a whirl with the festival selection, TEENAGE GHOST PUNK.  Written and directed by Mike Cramer, the film follows a family who, after moving into a creaky house just outside Chicago, find themselves being haunted by a charismatic teenage punk rocker and his eclectric group of spectral pals.  Injected with witty dialogue and unforgettable characters, I was full of questions in my interview with Mr. Cramer.  More specifically, I took to the opportunity to ask the writer/director about what inspired idea for the film as well as how he acquired his talented cast.  Check it out below…. Continue reading “2014 Spooky Movie International Film Fest EXCLUSIVE: Director Mike Cramer Talks TEENAGE GHOST PUNK”

2014 Spooky Movie International Film Fest EXCLUSIVE: Writer/ Director Mike Gutridge Talks THE BONE GARDEN

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Laurie Curtis (Tammy Kaitz) in THE BONE GARDEN

One of the unexpected surprises of the 2014 Spooky Movie International Film Festival was the festival selection, THE BONE GARDEN.  Written and directed by Mike Gutridge, the film tells the twisted tale of Alice Hardy (FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 3 scream queen Tracie Savage), an attractive woman who seems to have it all: a successful husband, a beautiful Victorian house, and a best friend. However, beneath the veneer of this seemingly idyllic life lies a sense of sadness and doom as nothing turns out as it appears.  After watching the film, I had the opportunity to catch up with Mr. Gutridge to chat about the film.

In the interview, the writer/director (and John Carpenter-aficionado) reveals how the film came together and what Carpenter-esque easter eggs are sprinkled into the film.  In addition, he also reveals his stance on the remake/reboot trend happening in the horror genre as well as details about his next feature, WOOD FLOORS.  Check it out below….     Continue reading “2014 Spooky Movie International Film Fest EXCLUSIVE: Writer/ Director Mike Gutridge Talks THE BONE GARDEN”

2014 Spooky Movie Intern’l Horror Film Fest EXCLUSIVE: EXISTS Director Eduardo Sanchez & Screenwriter Jamie Nash Talk Bigfoot & Found Footage Horror

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As mentioned before, in addition to the newcomers on hand at the 2014 Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival, there were some returning faces on hand (with their respective films) as well. Perhaps one of the most notable returnees from prior years would be director Eduardo Sanchez. Likely best known for his film THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT, the Maryland native was in attendance at the festival to promote his latest horror film, EXISTS.  Written by Jamie Nash, the film follows two brothers, brian and Matt Tover, as they secretly sneak out to their uncle’s abandoned cabin in East Texas with a group of friends.  Hoping to engage in an unforgettable party weekend, the group soon finds themselves in a cat-mouse game with the area’s legendary inhabitant known as the Sasquatch.   Continue reading “2014 Spooky Movie Intern’l Horror Film Fest EXCLUSIVE: EXISTS Director Eduardo Sanchez & Screenwriter Jamie Nash Talk Bigfoot & Found Footage Horror”

2014 Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival EXCLUSIVE: Screenwriter Jimmy George Talks CALL GIRL OF CTHULHU

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Last week I had a chance to check out the local horror film festival known only as the Spooky Movie International Film Festival.  Hosted by AFI in Silver Spring, the festival this year boasted a number of impressive horror entries, some of which saw the return of a few directors (from prior years).  However, aside from the returning filmmakers, there were (of course) newcomers as well.  Among these newcomers was 2014 festival selection CALL GIRL OF CTHULHU.

Directed by Chris LaMartina, the film follows a virginal artist who falls for a escort; not knowing that she is (in fact) the chosen bride of the alien god known as Cthulhu.  Intrigued by the film’s unique premise as well as its H.P. Lovecraft-esque style and inspirations, I caught up with the screenwriter, Jimmy George, at the festival to pick his brain about the film.  In the interview, we chat about how the idea for the film came about as well as the financial efforts taken to ensure that it was made.  In addition, Jimmy comments on the scope of the film, which boasts more than twice the effects of his prior film (that he also collaborated with LaMartina on)!  Check out the interview below…. Continue reading “2014 Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival EXCLUSIVE: Screenwriter Jimmy George Talks CALL GIRL OF CTHULHU”

Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival EXCLUSIVE: WILLOW CREEK Director, Bobcat Goldthwait!

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Bryce Johnson & Alexie Gilmore in WILLOW CREEK

 

What happens when you mix the legend of Bigfoot with a found footage stylistic flair (a la THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT)?  The answer is WILLOW CREEK.  Directed by Bobcat Goldthwait, the film follows a young couple who travels out to the American West Coast in search of Continue reading “Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival EXCLUSIVE: WILLOW CREEK Director, Bobcat Goldthwait!”

Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival Unveils 2013 Lineup

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Considered one of the premiere festivals in the nation’s capitol, the Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival, has unveiled its lineup for 2013.  Founded in 2006, the festival, like prior years, has a lot in store for ravenous horror fans come next month.  Curious to see exactly what to expect?  Check it out! Continue reading “Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival Unveils 2013 Lineup”

The Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival Returning Next Year


During the month of October, horror movie lovers can often enjoy horror releases as well as horror movie marathons (on television) in celebration of Halloween.  However, with Thanksgiving now gone and the holiday season now on the horizon, horror fans have reason to rejoice as the SPOOKY MOVIE INTERNATIONAL HORROR MOVIE FESTIVAL will Continue reading “The Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival Returning Next Year”

Spooky Movie International Film Festival: Exclusive Interview w/ PLAY DEAD Co-Directors, Teller and Shade Rupe!!

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Day 2 of the Spooky Movie International Film Festival offered a unique experience as the first full length feature that night came in the form of a filmed live theatre performance.  What film do I speak of? PLAY DEAD, of course!  Co-Directed by famed silent magician Teller and Shade Rupe, the film is inspired by the American spook show, an underground form of entertainment that occurred between 1930s and 1970s.  In the film, Coney Island showman Todd Robbins thrills a live audience with gory, ghastly spectacles based on real-life killers and psychic pranksters.  Following an entertaining Q & A, that including a impressive magic act from Teller, Reel Film News  took the opportunity to pick the brains of Teller and Shade Rupe concerning the evolution of the off-Broadway show (of the same name) to the big screen, the history of spook shows, and their respective future projects.  Check it out! Continue reading “Spooky Movie International Film Festival: Exclusive Interview w/ PLAY DEAD Co-Directors, Teller and Shade Rupe!!”

Spooky Movie International Film Festival: Exclusive Interview w/ EXCISION Director, Richard Bates Jr.!!

Opening night of the Spooky Movie International Film Festival  started off with a bang as Reel Film News was in attendence to see the twisted film, EXCISION, open the Festival.  The film, directed by Northern Viriginia native Richard Bates Jr.,  tells the story of alienated teen Pauline (AnnaLynne McCord),who struggles with the pressures of fitting into high school, pleasing her parents and a burning desire to lose her virginity. With a grotesque curiosity for the darker side of life, she retreats into her demented erotic fantasies of flesh, death and salvation.  Following an entertaining Q & A , which touched on the genesis of the film’s humble beginnings as a film short to a full length feature, as well as the situations (inspirated from real life experiences) which made their Continue reading “Spooky Movie International Film Festival: Exclusive Interview w/ EXCISION Director, Richard Bates Jr.!!”